Hi there! Stefanie Wass, Christina's CP, here. *WAVES* I'm hijacking her blog today to talk about Middle Grade fiction.
I just read SEEING CINDERELLA, by Jenny Lundquist and HAD to tell you about it!
Below are my Top Five Reasons To Read This Book:
1. The Premise: Calliope Meadow Anderson (“Callie”) finds out she needs glasses. Her new frames are hideously large—a total nightmare, except for one cool feature: When Callie wears them, computer screens appear over everyone’s heads, revealing their innermost thoughts! Suddenly, Callie knows what her best friend, secret crush, and locker partner REALLY think about her. Sometimes, that’s not a good thing.
2. Callie’s new friend Ana: She definitely has something to hide. But even with her super freaky glasses, Callie can’t decipher Ana’s thoughts, since the words on Ana’s computer screen appear in her native tongue: Spanish.
3. The Cinderella Metaphor: Callie auditions for the lead in her school’s production of Cinderella. But when she gets the part, she gives it to her best friend Ellen. It’s easier to be the understudy and avoid the spotlight. Isn’t it?
4. Super Freaky Chapter Titles: My favorites:
*Super Freaky Glasses Rule #3: Most People Tell Little White Lies. Don’t Be Offended. You Do The Same Thing.
*Super Freaky Glasses Rule #9: It’s Easier To Dislike Someone When You Don’t Have To Read Their Thoughts.
*Super Freaky Glasses Rule #12: People Guard Their Secrets Well. Your Magic Glasses Can’t Change That.
5. The Lesson: (from p.213) “One thing the glasses taught me: No matter how different we looked on the outside, on the inside we worried and wondered about the same things. We all hoped we’d find someone who would see us for the person we really were, and the person we wanted to be.”
Jenny is represented by Kerry Sparks of Levine Greenberg Agency. Seeing Cinderella will be published by Aladdin M!X in the Spring of 2012. (On-Sale Date: 3/20/2012).